Al Qaeda Declares War : The African Embassy Bombings and America’s Search for Justice

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  • Author(s): Tod Hoffman
  • Publication Information:
    Lebanon : ForeEdge. 2014
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      eBook.
    • Abstract:
      Three years before the events of 9/11, Osama bin Laden sent al Qaeda suicide bombers on a coordinated attack to destroy the U.S. embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. That day, August 7, 1998, more than two hundred people were killed and thousands were wounded. Responding immediately, the FBI launched the largest international investigation in its history. Within months, suspects were arrested in six countries. The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York indicted twenty-two individuals, including the elusive bin Laden. In February 2001 a landmark trial of four of the accused was held in Manhattan in the shadow of the World Trade Center. Al Qaeda Declares War: The African Embassy Bombings and America's Search for Justice explores the step-by-step procedures the United States employed in analyzing these attacks, identifying the suspects, tracking down and apprehending them, building a case, and prosecuting them. It is this case that established the legal basis for hunting down bin Laden, and the trial makes for a gripping courtroom drama, in which the robust principles of American justice confront the fanaticism of true believers. Tod Hoffman argues forcefully that the process after the 1998 incident stands in marked contrast to the illegal detention, torture, and abrogation of rights that followed 9/11. Indeed, reverberations from the African embassy bombings continue in the ongoing hunt for perpetrators still at large, and in targeted killings by drones. Al Qaeda Declares War dramatically recounts the terror and bloodshed of that day in Africa and shows that America's search for justice afterward offers important lessons for today.
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      9781611685466. 9781611685657.
    • Accession Number:
      880530773
    • Accession Number:
      761079
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      TOD HOFFMAN. Al Qaeda Declares War : The African Embassy Bombings and America’s Search for Justice. Lebanon: ForeEdge, 2014. ISBN 9781611685466. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=761079&custid=s3443875. Acesso em: 11 jul. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Tod Hoffman. Al Qaeda Declares War : The African Embassy Bombings and America’s Search for Justice. Lebanon: ForeEdge; 2014. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=761079&custid=s3443875. Accessed July 11, 2020.
    • AMA11:
      Tod Hoffman. Al Qaeda Declares War : The African Embassy Bombings and America’s Search for Justice. ForeEdge; 2014. Accessed July 11, 2020. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=761079&custid=s3443875
    • APA:
      Tod Hoffman. (2014). Al Qaeda Declares War : The African Embassy Bombings and America’s Search for Justice. ForeEdge.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Tod Hoffman. 2014. Al Qaeda Declares War : The African Embassy Bombings and America’s Search for Justice. Lebanon: ForeEdge. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=761079&custid=s3443875.
    • Harvard:
      Tod Hoffman (2014) Al Qaeda Declares War : The African Embassy Bombings and America’s Search for Justice. Lebanon: ForeEdge. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=761079&custid=s3443875 (Accessed: 11 July 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Tod Hoffman 2014, Al Qaeda Declares War : The African Embassy Bombings and America’s Search for Justice, ForeEdge, Lebanon, viewed 11 July 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Tod Hoffman. Al Qaeda Declares War : The African Embassy Bombings and America’s Search for Justice. ForeEdge, 2014. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=761079&custid=s3443875.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Tod Hoffman. Al Qaeda Declares War : The African Embassy Bombings and America’s Search for Justice. Lebanon: ForeEdge, 2014. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=761079&custid=s3443875.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Tod Hoffman. Al Qaeda Declares War : The African Embassy Bombings and America’s Search for Justice [Internet]. Lebanon: ForeEdge; 2014 [cited 2020 Jul 11]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=761079&custid=s3443875

Reviews

PW Reviews 2014 March #2

Hoffman, a former Canadian intelligence officer, presents a successful, suggestive, and significantly overlooked operation in the U.S. war on terrorism. On August 7, 1998, the American embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, were destroyed in simultaneous, sophisticated bombing attacks mounted by a then unknown organization called al-Qaeda. More than 200 were killed and over 4,000 wounded, mostly local citizens. The Clinton administration launched futile missile attacks at near-random targets, but the serious work was done by the FBI. Treating the sites as crime scenes, the Bureau mounted "the largest overseas deployment in its history," leading to arrests in half a dozen countries. In February 2001 four suspects were brought to trial in New York; those trials form the heart of this book. Hoffman focuses less on details of testimony and procedure than on the motives of the accused and the nature of their organization. True believers with "moral justification for inherently immoral positions," they received life sentences. More significant, however, is Hoffman's assertion that America's legal system was adaptable and effective while maintaining respect for the defendants' dignity and rights, which the author repeatedly contrasts with politicians' post-9/11 fear-driven abandonment of "their moral obligation to the Constitution." (June)

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